This road trip was very solid. To be honest I only had a very small amount of prior knowledge about what consultants did, and I originally thought that I would never want to be one. However, I’m now writing this after completing applications to EY and Deloitte.
I think what changed my mind was the fact that I was looking at consulting firms as places that employees get stuck in, rather than places where they develop their skills and learn about the industries where they want to make their next move into. There is a huge aspect of growing your own personal network as you do work for clients in diverse industries. Building off of that, I also liked the fact that consultants do not know what kind of project they will be working on next, or where they will be traveling to, or who their teammates will be. Having a standard 9-5 in the same office everyday would make me go crazy, and though it is a fact that consultants work crazy hours and travel a ton, mobility is something that recent graduates can handle. Not to mention you expense most things and will eventually be upgraded every time you fly because you practically live at the airport.
Overall consulting firms basically provide the same services, what makes them different comes down to culture and how they treat employees. Having now stepped foot into some of the most prominent firms and had the opportunity to speak candidly with their employees, I think I have gained valuable insight into a potential career path. This couldn’t have happened without the road trip.